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Architecture and Urban Design Lab I

Semester and Year FA 2015
Course Number ARTS-UG1619
Section 001
Instructor Mitchell Joachim
Days M
Time 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Units 6
Level U


6 units. This course is repeatable, however please note the following limitation: students may take either ARTS-UG 1619 or ARTS-UG 1614 two times, OR they may take both ARTS-UG 1619 and ARTS-UG 1614 one time each. Students are responsible for purchasing their own project materials, as well as paying for a portion of printing expenses.


This workshop and design lab aims to impart skills and theories essential to intelligent green design, an socio-ecological practice applicable to all materials, buildings, and infrastructure systems. The course will look broadly at types of inhabitation, including hives, webs, nests, and lodges; houses, housing, cities, and regions; and extreme environments including emergency shelters and outer-space habitats. Our objectives are grounded in understanding the architectural consequences of socially responsible and community based endeavors in urban areas. As a project-based course, students will work individually and in teams and will combine original research with design proposals. Intellectual design exercises in the beginning of the semester will prepare students for an intense focus on a current problem facing New York City. Students will be expected to present their ideas in mock-ups, scaled models, schematics, lifestyle drawings, and other forms of imaging. Thus, as they create and develop their own original design proposals, students will experiment with a variety of techniques and forms of representation. Authors may include William J. Mitchell, Mohsen Mostafavi, Alex Krieger, Elizabeth Diller, Michelle Addington, William McDonough, Ricky Burdett, Sanford Kwinter, Ernst Haeckl, James Corner, Victor Papanek, Stan Allen, Charles Waldheim and others.


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)